A bitumen emulsion spill was initially thought to be an oil spill.
A bitumen emulsion spill was initially thought to be an oil spill.

Spill no easy matter to clear up

EARLY fears that Childers dams and waterways would be polluted by what was believed to be an oil spill have been allayed by Bundaberg Regional Council environmental health officers.

Lord Street resident Robert Lee said he was worried when the council had not acted immediately after the incident occurred on Monday, because he believed the sludge invading a drain near his house was oil.

“They should have got on to that straight away,” Mr Lee said.

“It could have gone all the way down into some farms and into private dams.”

However, the council has since confirmed it was in fact a bitumen emulsion spill, which solidifies and was unlikely to move downstream.

A council spokesperson said 3000 litres of the liquid had leaked from a 13,000-litre tank after a pump malfunction at its Childers depot.

“The spill has been contained to the existing storm water drain, stopping around Mungomery Street,” the spokesperson said.

“Council’s environmental health officers have inspected the site, and in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Resource Management, have started investigations.”



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